Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Deadly African swine fever arrives in China, the world’s largest producer of pigs

International Livestock Research Institute
A piglet, one of countless who died of Porcine Epidemic 
Diarrhea in Manitoba over the past 18 months. (A Manitoba Pork photo.) 
Diseases deadly to hogs, some of which can also spread to humans, are legion.
Long feared, it's now finally happened. African Swine Fever (ASF), an infectious and highly-lethal viral disease of pigs has, for the first time, reared its head in China. Story here.

Sources say pesticides linked to bee deaths will be phased out in Canada

Canada's National Observer
A honeybee forages on a flower. A PinP photo.

The federal government will begin phasing out the outdoor use of nicotine-based pesticides beginning in 2021, part of an effort to stop the mysterious decline of honey bee colonies around the world. More here.